Looking to update your aging kitchen? If your home was constructed in the 1950s—and many homes in the Northeast were—you’re not alone. Back then homeowners had a much different lifestyle than they do today. The kitchen was generally used exclusively for the utilitarian function of cooking the meals. Now, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home.
If your home was built back then, chances are your kitchen is closed off. Opening the space up is a wonderful way to pump new life into that heart. And, even if your home was built more recently, like in the 1980s or 1990s, your kitchen may be more spacious, but it could lack the sleek updates you crave for the kitchen of today.
1. Planning makes perfect. Kudos to you if you’re seriously considering a kitchen remodel. A kitchen overhaul will likely reap an 80 to 90 percent return on investment. In addition to making smart investment sense, it will also give you the opportunity to customize your space to fit the needs of your family and your lifestyle for the here and now.
Start by jotting down thoughts about your present kitchen and the kitchen you’ve been dreaming of:
• What do you currently use your kitchen for and how often?
• What would you like to use it for?
• What is your kitchen lacking?
• What features would allow you to work more easily in the kitchen?
By getting your thoughts down on paper, you’ll be in a better position to communicate your desires to an experienced design+buildfirm.
2. Create an island oasis. No modern kitchen is complete without an island, so make sure that makes it on your list. It’s a smart design feature that adds surface area for cooking, washing and/or preparing meals and other functions. It’s up to you to decide what those functions will be.
• Do you cook a lot?
• Do you entertain regularly?
These questions should help you determine precisely what you need out of your new island. If you’re big into cooking, maybe your island should include a double sink and a built-in chopping block. If you regularly host family and friends, your island should probably include at the very least space for them to gather around.
The island is central to the function and the enjoyment of every modern kitchen. Now’s your chance to customize the island so it best fits in with your lifestyle and your needs.
3. Embrace the material(s) world. A kitchen remodel can get pricey, but don’t shy away from doling out cash on materials and gadgets that will stand the test of time. Natural stone, such as granite, marble, soapstone and onyx are all possibilities for your luxury countertop.
Each stone possesses different aesthetic qualities and physical properties, so do some research to find out which surface is best for you. For instance, granite is the most durable of natural stones. It can withstand heat of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s also just slightly porous, so while liquids may penetrate it, household sealers may be used to protect it. Marble, conversely, while equally beautiful, is softer to the touch and if you’re preparing foods on it their properties could become forever etched into the surface.
Remodeling your kitchen is a time to think outside of the box. Perhaps you’ve always wanted a corner of your kitchen to serve as a pastry-prep zone. Choosing limestone as a countertop will go a long way toward ensuring that you can roll out the perfect dough puff.
Don’t skimp on appliances either. Stainless steel is a great option for its durability and sleek, modern look. If you’d rather go with a specific color for your appliances, think neutral. This will give you flexibility in styling your kitchen—from wall color, drapery treatments and accessories–and ensure that all of your appliances remain stylish for years to come.
When it comes to cabinets, reach for the sky, literally. A modern day kitchen is all about sleek design and streamlined function. Elongating cupboards so they touch the ceiling will ensure a clean, modern look that will stand the test of time. Plus, you’ll have more usable space for storage—another must in the luxury kitchen of today.
4. Get to know your designer/contractor. Once you decide what you want out of your kitchen remodel and you’ve handed the reins over to a competent, fully-licensed/fully-insured professional, stay involved.
It’s best to select a design+build firm that stresses the importance of ongoing communication with its clients. Also, if the firm uses 3-D design technology to bring your vision to life, like RemodelWerks does, even better. This can go a long way toward ensuring that your precise desires for your kitchen remodel become a reality. An experienced and reputable design+build firm such as RemodelWerks will work to understand your needs and your vision. The team will also offer you recommendations that will help achieve all of your design and custom-built goals.
Remember: Plan early and thoughtfully so your dream kitchen will come together flawlessly and become a place you, your family and your friends (and potential buyers of your home) will absolutely love.
If you have any questions or concerns about how to get your kitchen remodel underway, contact RemodelWerks today for your free, no obligation consultation.